Everything there is to know about the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.
Excellent film of a Southern New England railroad in early 1940s. Superb shots of steam engines in motion, "ALL ABOARD!" yelled by the conductor (some of our best shots of this!), and behind the scenes ft'g. of railroad workers. Passenger trains, freight trains, roundhouse, etc. Recommended.
July 16, 2010 Subject:
Wow - yet ANOTHER JP Morgan-owned monopolistic enterprise, indicted in 1914 for conspiracy to monopolize interstate commerce by acquiring the control of practically all the transportation facilities of New England. By that time in 1914 they'd acquired the stock and/or control of around 150 subsidiary companies. In keeping with what seemed to be a trend back then, they radically over-expanded and were bankrupt from 1935-1947.
Really fun to watch for the historical images, but it's also fascinating to kind of look beyond the facade to see its ugly, super-corporate underbelly.
August 7, 2006 Subject:
For Railroad History Fans
In addition to the other reviews that describe the contents of this film, I would add that this presents a fine time capsule look at railroads, and industry in general in the 1940s. It is especially fascinating to see how trains cars are sorted and switches set before the days of computers and automation.
August 17, 2004 Subject:
A Great Movie of a Great Railroad
This movie explains in great visual detail the operation of a modern railroad, the New York, New Haven and Hartford, near the apogee of the steam era. This RR ran most of the trains operated in southern New England, with trackage stretching from Boston to New York City, covering all of Connecticut, much of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and across the Hudson to Maybrook, NY as well. The movie shows a good collection of both steam (Hudson I-5s, I-3 Pacifics, and Mountains) and diesel (Alco switchers, Alco DL-109) engines. The maintenance of steam locos is well presented, with steam engines in various states of repair shown.
The movie shows the immediate pre-war period (1941), although there are also clear references to the nation at war. At one point (I'm not sure which "Part" it's located in), a woman books a trip at Grand Central Terminal on Saturday, December 6, 1941.
This movie presents a wonderful overview of this railroad, capturing a long-gone period in an effective, if a bit stilted, style.
September 23, 2003 Subject:
Grand overview of the new England railroad system, from the initial attachments of cars, to the haul of passengers and cargo, this film details how important rail travel was once was. We see two trains, a passegner and a cargo train, and how they are prepared and maintained all throughout the system. Pretty good narration by mt CInerama himself, Lowell Thomas. One of the better train movies I've seen.